Flight makes emergency landing in SLC after passenger attempts to breach cockpit

SALT LAKE CITY — A flight from London to Los Angeles was forced to land in Salt Lake City after a passenger attempted to breach the cockpit.

Virgin Atlantic flight 141 was scheduled to land at LAX around 4:20 pm (PDT) but was diverted to the SLC International Airport at about 4:30 pm (MDT).

Airport employees told FOX 13 News that an unruly passenger attempted* to breach the cockpit mid-flight. Further details on what happened leading up to that incident or how the passenger was stopped were not immediately available.

Virgin Atlantic later issued the following statement:

“Due to a disruptive passenger onboard flight VS141 operating from London Heathrow to Los Angeles on Tuesday 26 July, the aircraft [has] diverted to Salt Lake City to be met by police authorities. The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we don’t tolerate any behavior that compromises this. We always want our customers to have the best experience when they fly with us and our cabin crew are highly trained to deal with any individuals that may impact that experience for others.”

FOX 13 News obtained video of the passenger being escorted from a Virgin Atlantic plane at the airport (seen above).

The flight resumed and left SLC for Los Angeles around 7:30 pm, according to flightaware.com.

*The original report said the passenger breached the cockpit, but FOX 13 News later learned that the individual attempted to breach the area but was unsuccessful.

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